Trading strategies are crucial to being a successful FOREX trader. However, there are many different strategies for trading and thus FOREX traders must find their own unique style. Technical or fundamental analysis approaches are preferred by many traders, but the amalgam of both strategies will ensure a broad overview of the financial market.
The most important concept that technical analysis relies on is that prices move by trends. A common saying in FOREX trading is “The trend is your friend.” There are identifiable patterns in market movements that have been analyzed for many years. A good understanding of these trends and how to read them makes up the foundation of a good trading strategy.
Understanding market movements are made easier by using the many analytical tools that are available today. In order to gain knowledge about the applications and concepts, the FOREX trader should study each one individually. After getting a good concept of one, that one can be used while learning new ones. The tools will reinforce the others when they are used together.
Many FOREX trading strategies rely on the concepts of price support and resistance. The lowest price observed over time in a currency’s price swings is called the ’support’ level. When the price falls to that level it is usually expected to rise again. The ‘resistance’ level is the highest price observed to repeat over time and when a currency reaches that high it would be expected to fall. The upper ‘resistance’ level and the lower ’support’ level are the limits of price movement for any given time period.
One widely accepted rule is that as prices break through the established support or resistance levels, the prices can be expected to continue on that path. As an example, if the price drops below the support level it can be seen as bearish and the prices will continue to drop.
Price charts needs to be analyzed to look for any unbroken support and resistance levels. Though charts with longer time frames show more important support/resistance levels, analysis can occur over any amount of time. Support/resistance levels are a tool that traders can use to figure out when to enter or exit a trade.
Another common tool used in Forex trading strategies are moving averages. The average price during a specific time period over a certain period of time is the SMA, or simple moving average. Moving averages give a better understanding of price movements because they can eliminating any short term price fluctuations. An SMA can be plotted by Forex traders who can use the information in order to determine the times the prices seem to either rise or fall. Once a price has risen above the SMA, they will typically keep rising. Similarly, once a price falls below the SMA, they will usually continue to drop.
You can use either or both of a couple of different strategies for trading. In reality, if you are trading with FOREX, you really need a variety of different tools for making trades and to verify the indications of different studies. When various indications imply market movement in the same direction, you can be more assured than you would with only one indication.
You can use fundamental analysis in the same way to bolster your technical findings, and the reverse is true as well. In an ideal situation, to be a successful FOREX trader you must decide on your trading strategy by analyzing many factors.
To be a successful FOREX trader you should be able to understand when to enter, as well as exit a trade, be alert to the signs of market changes, how much you can afford to lose if a trade goes against you. Learning these technical analysis rules will go a long way in making your future both profitable and successful.
Author: Richard M. Davies